Q2 - Will you commit to no more extensions of the urban boundary, and support building more 15-minute neighborhoods throughout the City of Ottawa, not just in the urban core?

John Redins


Hussein Mahmoud

No. Ottawa needs more 15 minute neighbourhoods. In this ward, with the redevelopment plans for the South Keys Mixed Use Area (MUA), you see smart city planning that is fostering diverse housing, greater connectivity, pedestrian and cycling crossings. We need to create vibrant and smarter communities, but ultimately, we need to look at development neighbourhood by neighbourhood and not apply a one-size-fits-all solution. I respect that there are lots of residents who prefer a life in the suburbs – but that shouldn't result in residents have to choose between having accessible greenspaces, shopping, and transit, and living in a suburban setting.

Taylor Houstoun

Yes. I commit to building more 15 minute neighbourhoods, and my plan for housing in Ottawa is to create densified, modern, energy conscious, and disability-friendly housing mixed with greenspace and businesses. You can learn more about that at my website taylorh.ca under My Priorities. 

I am hesitant about the urban boundary, however. I marked yes, because we shouldn't need to expand it signficiantly. However, I do not believe in building on prime farmland - where increasingly new communities are being created. I also believe in preserving greenspace within and around neighbourhoods, like the current greenbelt. 

Preserving that land will ultimately mean maintaining farms and forests within an expanding city, further pushing neighbourhoods outwards. You can't have both in the long run.

Building smartly densified neighbourhoods from the get-go, with full amenities, parallel bike and walking infrastructure, and businesses and community spaces mixed together, while saving our existing prime farmland and forests will ultimately make the difference.

Ron Keays

Yes. Any new development and redevelopment needs to fit the criteria of the 15 minute neighbourhoods, and it will be up to us as council to ensure any new approvals conform to those principles

Aria Alavi

Did not participate.

Jessica Bradley

Did not participate.

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